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This week, I'm blogging GCC Author Sara Rosett and her new release, STAYING HOME IS A KILLER, the second book in the mom lit mystery series about a military spouse who runs a professional organizing business.
Now, I LOVE Jill Churchill's mysteries, and so the blurb in Sara's material that says the book will appeal to Churchill fans really caught my eye. And, yes, STAYING HOME IS A KILLER looks like a fabulous read. Check out the info below, and then read Sara's answers to my GCC questions:
Diaper bag over her shoulder and adorable toddler wriggling in her arms, Ellie Avery strives to balance motherhood, marriage, and her professional organizing business, Everything in Its Place, but her ordered world is thrown into disarray when a fellow military spouse’s death looks more like murder than suicide. Toss in her husband’s deployment and her daughter’s separation anxiety, and Ellie has to keep the home fires burning as she sort clues from chaos and proves that home is not for killers.
Publishers Weekly: The author, also the wife of an air force pilot, includes practical tips for organizing closets, but the novel's most valuable insight is its window into women's lives on a military base.
Romantic Times: Thoroughly entertaining. The author’s smooth, succinct writing style enables the plot to flow effortlessly until its captivating conclusion. (Four stars)
Armchair Interviews: If you like cozy mysteries that have plenty of action and lots of suspects and clues, Staying Home Is A Killer will be a fun romp through murder and mayhem.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Sara Rosett has always loved to curl up with a good book. The wife of an Air Force pilot, she and her family moved ten times—giving her plenty of expertise to write the Mom Zone mystery series about a military spouse. Sara and her family currently live in southern California. Her work appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul, and she is working on the next Mom Zone mystery, Getting Away is Dangerous (Kensington, April 2008).
SARA'S ANSWERS TO MY GCC QUESTIONS:
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL “WRITING DAY”?
It depends on what type of writing I’m doing. If I’m in the
composition/rough draft stage, then I drop the kids at school, go home, and
write for a couple of hours, then take a break to run errands or do whatever
needs to be done to maintain the semblance of normality in our lives. If I’m
in the revision stage of writing I usually have my manuscript in a huge
binder that I tote everywhere with me. I can revise while I’m waiting in the
DO YOU RECALL THE KERNEL OF INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?
Since I write about an amateur sleuth I have to look for a legitimate reason
to involve Ellie in an investigation into what looks like a suicide. I had
to come up with something that Ellie would know about the person who died
that would be so compelling that it would completely rule out the
possibility of suicide and convince Ellie that her friend had been murdered.
I don’t want to spoil the story, so I won’t give away Ellie’s inside
knowledge. I’ll let readers discover that on their own.
PICK A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK AND TELL US WHAT TRAIT YOU SHARE (OR COME
CLOSEST TO SHARING) WITH THAT CHARACTER.
My main character Ellie and I are both very stubborn. Everyone always asks
if I’m Ellie. Overall, no, but that trait of stubbornness is shared. Her
stubbornness helps me in plotting because I know if she’s got an idea in her
head about who did something or why they did it, she’s going to pursue it.
In real life, I don’t know if that stubbornness is always such a good thing!
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A MAGICAL TRUNK
THAT GAVE YOU LIMITLESS BOOKS TO READ, OR A LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF PAPER ON
WHICH TO WRITE?
Oh, I have to pick the paper. I think I’d go crazy if I could get the
stories in my head down on paper!
BEER OR WINE? Ah—Diet coke?
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? No question. Chocolate. Preferably dark.
WHAT’S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? So hard to narrow it down. My favorite
children’s book is The Secret Garden and for adult fiction I’d have to say
anything by Mary Stewart.
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